As we pulled up Grandma's driveway we saw the bike parked by the door. "Shane's here!!!" Shane is often visiting Grandma. You will find him taking Blossom out (the dog), vacuuming, emptying the trash, collecting the mail, fixing Grandma breakfast and yesterday I saw him replace the water on her oxygen machine. Shane lives next door to Grandma---he is undoubtedly the greatest neighbor I have ever known.
I met Shane when Danny and I were dating. As a young child he had a very high fever which caused brain damage. He is one of the most generous hard working people around. He works at a local grocery store. He is very careful with his money. At our reception he brought a gift. He gift-wrapped a roll of paper towels with a note that it was from him. That is one of the most memorable gifts we received that day and we remember it fondly.
If Shane isn't working or at Grandma's house you will often find him constructing projects with the neighborhood kids. Yesterday he followed us to Danny's mom's house-- actually we followed him. He and my girls beat us over there and proudly exclaimed "We're fast!" They went straight to the garage and found wood, rope, nails and hammers. They had big plans of building a tree house. They constructed, hammered, planned and talked. No tree house was built...but a lot of fun memories.
He flew in the night before. He had been gone for nine days!!!!!! We missed him and were so glad to have the day to celebrate his birthday. All he wanted was to stay home THE ENTIRE DAY. He wanted to work in our yard and in the house. (Not many other people who genuinely want to work for their birthday!) I bought plants for flower beds and our garden in preparation. We also bought an ice cream cake! We worked and worked and played. We filled the tires on the bikes and hit the road again. It was a delightful day...and I am really glad he just wanted to be here.
"Like Alma, we will 'long to be there,' in the 'royal courts on high.' It is the only destination that really matters. Resplendent reunion awaits us! What is more reasonable and more wonderful than children going home? Especially to a home where the past, the present and the future form an everlasting and eternal now!" Neal A. Maxwell
Last night as I was elevated over 10,000 ft (didn't the pilot say that?), life seemed to regain some clarity. Flying up above the clouds; my priorities seemed clearer, relationships more precious, and I couldn't wait to be home. I thought of those things that have been slacking in my life. I was filled with a greater desire to look heavenward, feast upon scriptures, hold those I love a little tighter and kneel in prayer. The beauty of the clouds around me and the earth below filled me with inspiration. Inspiration to do better.
"Believe in God; believe that He is, and that he created all things, both in heaven and in earth; believe that he has all wisdom, and all power, both in heaven and in earth; believe that man doth not comprehend all the things which the Lord can comprehend." Mosiah 4:9